The acquisition of chat service Whatsapp for $19 billion has been the technology story of the week – but serious privacy and security questions remain over Facebook’s new messaging service.
Couples who have been in a long-term relationship indulge in risky online behaviour, such as sharing passwords for online accounts, with two-thirds of married couples sharing at least one password, a new study by Pew Internet has found.
A fake version of Facebook’s 10th anniversary celebration video page, ‘A Look Back’ is spreading via the social network, with users directed instead to another website, where they are prompted to download files.
Facebook has given out a record fee for bug discovery, after a Brazilian security researcher exposed a vulnerability that could have been used to deliver malware to millions of Facebook users.
A video purportedly showing a gigantic snake swallowing a zookeeper is the latest viral scam on Facebook – tricking thousands of users into sharing a video which instead takes victims outside Facebook to a scam site.
Who is responsible for privacy and online safety on social networks? ESET asked Harris Interactive to poll American adults and found some interesting responses, positive advances in cyber-citizenship, but also some apparent disconnects.
Facebook users who used the same email and password on their Adobe and Facebook accounts have been offered a helping hand by Facebook in the wake of the recent massive breach at Adobe, which leaked account data for 38 million users.
A bug which allowed any Facebook user to delete photos from any other user’s page without their knowledge has earned its discoverer $12,500 under Facebook’s “bug bounty” program – more than 10 times the average payout.
Two independent Italian security researchers have investigated the business behind Facebook spam – and estimate that the trade is worth around $200m a year.
Facebook has revealed that it may use facial recognition software to identify people from their profile pictures. The new “feature” was revealed in a change to Facebook’s data use policy, sent out via email to users this week.
Malware disguised as a Facebook video has infected up to 800,000 users machines, according to independent Italian security researchers. The malware hijacks Facebook accounts and web browsers using a fake browser plug-in for Google’s Chrome.
A security researcher demonstrated an exploit to Facebook by using the bug to post directly to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall. Facebook responded by issuing a statement saying he would not be paid.
An outage which affected Facebook apps and developer accounts this week was caused by over-zealous attempts to disable malicious apps, the social network has admitted.
Most of us have faced cyber attacks sent by our best friends – Facebook “offers” they’ve clicked by accident, spamming everyone on their friends list, or Twitter stories they’ve shared without checking.
Facebook’s Graph Search is quietly rolling out to U.S. users this week – a powerful new tool which can reveal information people might have forgotten they ever “shared”. Our tips will help keep private information safe.
Making a mistake on Facebook or other social sites can cost a great deal – either in terms of accidental “oversharing”, or allowing a cybercriminal access to your computer.
A hacker has used Facebook’s Graph Search to find and list telephone numbers for thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge.
Facebook has admitted to a security breach which exposed details such as emails and phone numbers for six million site users.
The new feature allows users to log in even if they have also lost access to their email account and cannot initiate a password reset.
Issues with malware are always with us. There may or may not be a current media storm, or companies hoping for a slice of the anti-malware pie by proclaiming the death of antivirus in a press release, but AV labs continue to slog their way every day through tens of thousands of potentially malicious samples.